Research Square Receives prestigious When Work Works Award

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When Work Works 2017

Research Square recognized for innovative and effective workplace practices, receives prestigious When Work Works award

Durham, NC (June 7, 2017) – Research Square has been honored with a 2017 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices.

The prestigious When Work Works Award is part of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) When Work Works project, a national initiative that helps employers become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.

The award recognizes employers of all sizes across the country that are excelling at offering a variety of top-rated employee initiatives such as work-life fit policies, flexible scheduling, and transition to parenthood programs. The award goes beyond work-life programs and includes initiatives that address the additional evidence-based aspects of effective workplaces, such as opportunities for learning, a culture of respect and trust, and job autonomy.

In applying for the award, Research Square was evaluated on factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work-life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement.

“Considering that 78 percent of employers report difficulty recruiting employees for highly skilled jobs and 38 percent report difficulty recruiting for entry-level hourly jobs, When Work Works Award winners have leveraged this recognition opportunity to distinguish themselves as exemplary employers that offer new or enhanced options that help them attract and retain top talent,”

said Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute, the original creator of this award, and senior research advisor at SHRM.

“These winners have reinvented their workplaces in ways that benefit business and employees alike and are reaping the benefits in terms of employee job satisfaction and retention,” said Cassidy Solis, senior advisor, workplace flexibility, at SHRM.

The award is earned after a rigorous assessment that emphasizes the real-life experiences of employees and incorporates national benchmarks of employer practices from the National Study of Employers and the employee experiences from the National Study of the Changing Workforce. Two-thirds of an organization’s winning score is based on a survey of its employees.

To learn more about the awards, view an interactive map that lists winning organizations by state and a list of winners by name.

Additional information about the When Work Works Award and the When Work Works initiative is available online.

Please contact Ben Mudrak, PhD with any questions at or 919-695-7131.

About Research Square

Research Square, home to American Journal Experts (AJE), is the leader in trusted and ethical author-oriented solutions in the world of academic publishing. We are a rapidly growing company based in Durham, NC, and our 200+ employees are committed to making a difference in the world of research discovery, communication, and publication. We take our work to improve the lives of researchers very seriously, but we also believe in having fun doing so! Our work environment is casual and extremely flexible. We have a results-focused workplace; many enjoy coming in to our “open office” environment, and those who choose to work from home attend any required meetings via videoconferencing or streaming/chat.

About When Work Works

When Work Works is a national initiative led by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to help businesses of all sizes and types become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. When Work Works is one of the foremost providers of resources, rigorous research and best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation. The initiative administers the prestigious annual When Work Works Award, which recognizes exemplary employers for creating effective workplaces to increase business and employee success. Visit and follow us on Twitter @WhenWorkWorks.

American Journal Experts enters partnership with Seeding Labs to support researchers in developing nations

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AJE partner Seeding Labs

We are proud to announce a new partnership designed to help deserving researchers better navigate the publication process: American Journal Experts (AJE) is supporting Seeding Labs by providing language editing service through their “Beyond Equipment” initiative to support Instrumental Access researchers. Seeding Labs is a non-profit that shares donated lab equipment with universities and research institutions in developing nations, supporting research at a global level.

You can read more about this new partnership on the Seeding Labs blog:

We’re so pleased to support such a worthy organization, and wish them continued success in providing researchers with the equipment they need to succeed!

Three researchers receive prizes in AJE’s inaugural Gold Medal Research competition

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Earlier this week, three international researchers were chosen as winners in the first-ever Gold Medal Research competition from AJE. The Gold Medal Research competition was designed to help recognize outstanding researchers around the world in conjunction with the summer games in Rio. Without further ado, here are the winners:

  • 1st Place: Dr. Barbara Kabai Burmen, Kenya Medical Research Institute Center for Global Health Research, Kenya
  • 2nd Place: Dr. Gnanaraj Jesudian, Karunya University, India
  • 3rd Place: Dr. Tonni Agustiono Kurniawan, Xiamen University, China

The winners were nominated by their peers for the award and demonstrated outstanding achievements in their field, influential contributions to society, and strong collaboration with the international academic community. Dr. Burmen, the Gold Prize winner, will receive a $1,500 travel grant, and Dr. Jesudian and Dr. Kurniawan will receive complimentary poster and illustration services from AJE to help them share their research. Profiles of the winners can be found on AJE’s Author Resource Center.

“So much research is done around the world every day, but much of this hard work goes unnoticed,” said Alexis Kennedy, Global Marketing Manager at AJE. “Our Gold Medal Research competition allowed us to share some of these amazing stories and support three outstanding researchers in the process.”

In total, 475 nominations were received from 68 countries and regions. Winners were selected from a pool of 25 finalists by an external panel of scholarly publishing industry veterans, including Allison Belan (Assistant Director for Digital Strategy at Duke University Press), Patricia Hudson (Associate Director of Institution Marketing at Oxford University Press), and Jennifer Deyton (Senior Partner at J&J Editorial).

You can view the nominations for the 25 finalists in this flipbook (or download a copy here):

You can download our full press release here.

Research Square and Wiley partner for trial of Video Abstracts for Wiley authors

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Research Square is proud to announce a new trial with Wiley to make its Video Abstracts solution available to authors publishing in a select set of Wiley journals. As part of this pilot partnership, authors accepted at 20 Wiley journals, including Stem Cells, Journal of Biophotonics, and European Journal of Immunology, will have the option to purchase a Video Abstract to help share their research to a broad audience in an engaging multimedia format. Read More

AJE visits the Materials Research Society spring meeting

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AJE at MRS Spring

Hannah Nipper and Deric Corlew at MRS Spring

The Materials Research Society is an interdisciplinary society that joins the fields of physics, chemistry, ceramics, astronomy, engineering and many other areas of study that overlap or affect one another. MRS has two major annual meetings in the spring and fall every year, and 2016 was the first time MRS held their meeting in Phoenix.

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ISMTE’s 1st Annual Asian Conference: An interview with Jennifer Deyton

Conferences / Partnerships

The International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) is an organization dedicated to serving the community of editors and others who run scholarly journals. ISMTE has hosted annual meetings in North America and Europe for several years, but this year will see the society expand into Asia. The 1st Annual Asian Conference will be held April 4th and 5th at the Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay in Singapore. To learn some more about this exciting new opportunity, we caught up with Jennifer Deyton, Senior Partner at J&J Editorial and Program Chair for the ISMTE Asian Conference. Our conversation continues below, but if you would like more information about the conference, visit the ISMTE event page. A preliminary agenda is also available. Read More

Research Square welcomes Damian Pattinson as VP of Publishing Innovation

Research Square News

Damian PattinsonResearch Square is thrilled to announce that Damian Pattinson is joining us as Vice President of Publishing Innovation. Damian will oversee strategy for the suite of innovative solutions like Rubriq and JournalGuide that complement our flagship author services brand, AJE, and build towards a future of publishing that is increasingly author-focused and article-based.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Research Square to continue their valuable work in improving how research is communicated worldwide,” said Damian. “The scholarly literature is already being transformed, but there is still much that can be made better. I am looking forward to developing new tools and services for academics and publishers to continue driving this transformation.” Read More

AJE visits Pacifichem conference

Pacifichem 2015 - AJE's booth

AJE at Pacifichem

Last month, we were delighted to attend an amazing international chemistry conference in Honolulu, Hawaii: Pacifichem 2015. Pacifichem, held once every five years, features research from all areas of chemistry and is jointly sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), the Korean Chemical Society (KCS), and the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS). It was an amazing chance to hear directly from researchers from many countries about their challenges and successes. Some highlights are found below. We hope to attend Pacifichem again in the future! Read More

The perils of publishing too much science

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Geek Psychologist

Over on the Geek Psychologist blog this week is a thoughtful and thorough piece entitled “Can too much science be a bad thing? Growth in scientific publishing as a barrier to science communication.” In general, the creation of an ever-expanding mountain of new findings is a good thing. The more research is done around the world, the bigger difference we can make in terms of combating disease, finding new ecologically friendly materials, and harnessing new forms of energy. However, as is noted in the post, the communication of science to the public suffers when there are already too many new papers for scientists themselves to keep track of. With a very small percentage of findings being communicated to public currently (estimated at 4.5% for psychology in the post), the increasing number of journals and publications is certainly not helping. Read More